Advice to the Brookfield Police Department

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorialized about the risky decision making the Brookfield police department has been indulging in. They say:

Not following the advice of your attorney often can get you in trouble. The Brookfield Police Department should keep that in mind and reconsider its decision to ignore the advice of state attorneys on keeping certain police records from public eyes.”

I agree. And I’d be interested to hear just what kinds of arguments Assistant Police Chief Dean Collins has for continuing to deny open access to public documents.


1 Response to “Advice to the Brookfield Police Department”

  1. 1 Kendall Hallett March 11, 2008 at 4:25 am

    Is it just me, or is it interesting how often Police/Law Enforcement agencies cross the lines in denying open records. They are the thin blue line that protects us, but the gods forbid they should have to reveal their secrets. Do they forget that WE are their employers?

    Political patronage took a toll on law enforcement and fire departments in the past under people like Chicago’s Mayor Daley. Now we often protect our police and fire departments with appointed Commissions and such. Now our police and fire departments have become untouchable in many ways.

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